The day to day influx of information can be very overwhelming. So much to read up on, so much news, so much industry info, so much, so much. It’s like the wave and incoming information doesn’t stop. Your brain eventually goes into auto-pilot and you’re just working to get through it all.
So it’s pretty infrequent that you read a line in someone’s article that stops you in your tracks and makes you think. And then makes you repeat it out loud. And then it comes up in conversation for 2 weeks straight.
And here is the line I read………………The right thing to do is usually very inconvenient.
Man is that true. If you think about stopping someone in the middle of what they are doing wrong and saying “hey what are you doing?” That’s pretty inconvenient but it’s always the right thing to do.
Other good examples off the top of my head….
- Going to the hospital to visit someone: Not typically near you. Not a pleasant situation. You can find all kinds of reasons not to if you try hard enough.
- Telling the boss that someone isn’t doing what they are supposed to do: It’s easier to continue on with your own business, but you are instead doing what’s in the best interest of the team/company.
- Spending time preparing a healthy meal to stick to your health & fitness goals: Sure, always easier to stop quick and pick up some garbage. Fast food, etc. I don’t need to explain this one.
- Working out after a long work day vs. going to the bar then crashing when you get home: Long term goals and investing in how you’ll feel tomorrow written all over this one.
- Pulling someone aside to coach them up not knowing how they’re going to react to it: You have a million things on your to-do list and you’re in meetings all day, easier to skip this conversation, but the impact you’re going to have on that person and the investment you’re making is far reaching. You can always get caught up on your email and to-do list later.
All of these scenarios have one thing in common: they’re all very, very inconvenient…yet undoubtedly the right thing to do.
In fact, I’ve been thinking a lot about something that is the right thing to do that isn’t inconvenient. I am over 2 weeks in and I’ve got nothing so far.
So email me if you come up with something. And even if you do come up with one, I think it’s still a good lesson. And one that we don’t teach enough to kids.
The convenient thing is often not the right thing. Do what’s inconvenient. Much more rewarding.